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The TROG annual club dinner, with awards for various categories will take place at Fynn Valley Golf club, Ipswich on 13/03/10.  See the Members Lounge section of the Forum for more details.

Building on the success of last year's three race Essex series, the Mud Sweat and Gears organisers have spread their wings and signed up Thetford MTB Racing and the Tunstall and Rendlesham Offroad Group (TROG) as partners for 2010 as well as expanding their relationship with Chelmsford Borough Council to include Hylands Park in Essex. The resulting six races form the first Eastern XC series since 2003.

The expanded series covers Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk and has everything from technically challenging single track, to long open downhills and testing climbs. Each venue promises to provide the rider with a unique challenge.


Alistair Russell, Events Manager for sportessex and Mud Sweat and Gears Series Director:
‘Despite its growth, Mud Sweat and Gears will remain fun for all. We continue to be proud of our youth and grass roots following, but as well as providing a good event for them we are keen to attract more experienced racers and to take on a greater status within the racing calendar. We want each event to be a good day out for all the family whatever level of race you are entering.'

Because of the series grass roots background the race format is subtlety different from any of the other UK regional series. There are four races within each event: 'Grommets' for the under 12s 'Challenger' for the under 16s 'Warrior' for the beginner or fun racer and then in the afternoon the 'Racer' category where BC ranking points will be available. For more information on this format and other aspects of the racing please see


Rachel Fenton, Eastern Regional Events Officer for British Cycling:
'BC are proud to be a partner of the new and improved ‘Mud, Sweat and Gears’ Eastern MTB Series. With the Olympic Mountain Biking races being held in Essex in 2012 we hope more people, from all backgrounds will want to give the sport a go and now they will have the opportunity to do just that right here in the East. As an MTBer myself I’m looking forward to being able to go to more events closer to home. The MSG team are doing a tremendous job at providing for grassroots and competitive riders, offering a unique format at some incredible MTB venues!


Sunday 2nd May 2010, Tunstall Forest, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Sunday 13th June 2010, Thetford Forest, Brandon, Norfolk

Sunday 18th July 2010, Danbury Outdoors, Chelmsford, Essex

Sunday 15th August 2010, Codham Park, Braintree, Essex

Sunday 19th September 2010, Langdon Hills, Thurrock, Essex

Sunday 10th October 2010, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex

Look forward to seeing you in May,

MSG Team


Welcome to the new look TROG website!

New features in this site include;

  • Revamped Appearance
  • News section
  • RSS Feed for News Updates
  • Ability to share/publish News stories to Facebook/Twitter/etc
  • Forum integrated with main site

The main items currently missing from the new site are the Links page and the Shop, both of these will be added in due course.

The main new feature to look out for in the coming weeks will be an Events page where we can add write-ups (including photos) of our TROGs On Tour trips and the various events we've hosted and attended.

In the future it should be possible for me to make it so that your forum login also logs you into the main site, revealing hidden Members Only features and allowing members to write their own articles and comment on existing stories!

Until everything is moved over I've made the old site available at the following address;

Meanwhile if there's anything you would like adding to the News section, or if you spot anything that doesn't appear to be working correctly please let me know.


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